Tom Brenner via Reuters
United States – Small panic in the Capitol. US police evacuated Wednesday, April 20, the Washington Capitol after a harmless plane participating in a sporting event was deemed a threat, chaos that angered powerful Democratic leader in Congress Nancy Pelosi.
″ U.S. Capitol Evacuation: The alarming warning about a potential aerial threat, issued at approximately 6:30 p.m. (22:30 GMT), was lifted less than twenty minutes later.
The Capitol was evacuated out of extreme caution this evening.
There is no threat in the Capitol.
More details to come. pic.twitter.com/7qqxqQyzlD
– US Capitol Police April 20 2022
Police, who justified the eviction with a “precautionary concern,” vowed “more information to come.” More than two hours after the initial warning, they had yet to provide an official reason.
“Bad and Unforgivable” by Nancy Pelosi
But a simple and embarrassing connection issue seems to be the cause of the false alarm. In fact, the reported threat was actually just US Army paratroopers, who were dropped from a plane to take part in a pre-game show at baseball stadium, located less than two kilometers from the Capitol Building.
“The fact that the FAA appears to have failed to notify the Capitol Police of the planned Nationals Stadium is disgraceful and unforgivable,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a scathing statement.
“The needless panic caused by this apparent neglect has particularly hurt elected officials, staff and staff of institutions, who continue to suffer the trauma of the attack on their workplace on January 6,” she continued, referring to the storming of the Capitol in early 2021 by supporters Donald Trump.
A quarter of an hour “too stressful” and “crazy”
Despite its brevity, the US media was immediately on alert, in a country still deeply reminiscent of the September 11, 2001 attacks – during which planes piloted by al-Qaeda pilots crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York. The Pentagon building in Washington.
It is likely that the number of people in the Capitol on Wednesday was limited because the Senate and House of Representatives were not in session.
“We’ve just had a very stressful quarter of an hour, but we’re glad everyone is doing well and doing well,” Teresa Leger Fernandez wrote on Twitter.
Thanks to everyone who contacted me. We’ve just had a very stressful 15 minutes, but we’re thankful everyone is doing fine.
– re \ come back. Teresa Leger Fernandez (@RepTeresaLF) April 20 2022
According to CNN reporter Ryan Nobles, who said he was among the evacuees, “for 15 minutes, it was pretty crazy.” “Alarms were loud and intense, and the Capitol Police were working hard to get everyone out,” he wrote on Twitter.
Things calmed down considerably but for 15 minutes it was very frantic. Alarms were loud and intense and the Capitol Police weren’t messing about getting people out. pic.twitter.com/QBFXakSxl7
– Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) April 20 2022
Two Swiss tourists visiting the area around the Capitol explained that they found themselves confronted with “police officers saying we should stay away from the building.” “They closed the security barriers behind us,” one of them told AFP, adding that agents did not provide an explanation.
The Capitol Building, a symbol of American democracy, has been closely guarded since the forcible storming of Donald Trump’s supporters, on January 6, 2021, who came to denounce the outcome of the presidential election that brought Democrat Joe Biden to power.
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